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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thursday To-Do: Ludo

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2008 at 8:53 AM

8 p.m., the Village. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.

Proud (and slightly sentimental) pop-culture geeks, take note. An indie-pop band from St. Louis has your number. Named for a character in “Labyrinth,” Ludo specializes in the kind of bouncy, dramatic anthems of ironic angst on which bands like Weezer and Jimmy Eat World have built careers. Lead singer Andrew Volpe uses his adenoidal tenor to navigate through relationship problems that make him feel like “Elliot when E.T. drank the beer” or like there's “a metric-ton of Easy Mac in [his] soul.” Earlier this year, the band released its third album and first on a major label. “You're Awful, I Love You” finds Ludo working with producer Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Faith No More) and adding a pop-rock sheen to its sound. Volpe, too, has left his cultural referencing behind for the most part, though he's still retained his oddball lyrical sensibility. From the album's title track: “ ‘High-maintenance' means/You're a gluttonous queen/Narcissistic and mean/Kill me romantically/Fill my soul with vomit/Then ask me for a piece of gum.” Sherwood Christian indie-rockers Sincerely September open with Little Rock pop-punks Alert All Arms and Free Micah, from Texarkana.  


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